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Taking steps: MLA S.K. Basavarajan inaugurating anti-malaria month in Chitradurga on Saturday
Taking steps: MLA S.K. Basavarajan inaugurating anti-malaria month in Chitradurga on Saturday

Staff Correspondent

Anti-malaria month begins in Chitradurga district

Chitradurga: MLA S.K. Basavarajan has said that rural people, should be educated on cleanliness and hygiene to check the spread of diseases such as malaria, chikungunya and dengue.

Mr. Basavarajan was speaking after inaugurating the anti-malaria month, being organised by the district administration and zilla panchayat, here on Saturday.

Expressing happiness that no deaths had occurred due to malaria in the district, in the recent past, Mr. Basavarajan, however, urged the Health Department to take preventive steps to avoid the spread of contagious diseases.

“Indeed the job of the government is vital, but people also should take an initiative to educate rural people”, he observed. He advised health workers to render their services promptly in order to make the district malaria free. H. Somashekhar, zilla parishad’s Standing Committee Chairman on Health and Education said that the anti-malaria month was a serious step to ensure that the district was made malaria free. He urged the Health Department to stock medicines to tackle a possible malaria outbreak.

In her address, district malaria officer B. Jayamma said that 519 cases of malaria had been recorded so far in 2008.

Some parts of Molkalmur and Hiriyur taluks had been affected by malaria. The department had taken preventive steps in the taluks to check further spread of the disease, she said. The department had already distributed mosquito nets in the affected villages, Ms. Jayamma added. She advised people to keep their surroundings clean and not to consume unhygienic food.

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